Kiwis remember Footrot Flats creator Murray Ball

Murray Ball shows his cartoons to border collie Finn, who was the inspiration for Dog in Footrot Flats.
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Murray Ball shows his cartoons to border collie Finn, who was the inspiration for Dog in Footrot Flats.

Murray Ball: Cartoonist, creator of "Dog" and the man who inspired Kiwi kids over decades.

After news broke of Ball's death at the age of 78 on Sunday afternoon, Kiwis looked back at how he and his characters impacted their lives. 

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 Wal and Dog come home to Gisborne in form of life-sized bronze sculpture

Here is how the internet is remembering him:

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Footrot Flats creator Murray Ball has died.

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Murray Ball shows his cartoons to border collie Finn, who was the inspiration for Dog in Footrot Flats.

Cartoonist Murray Ball with wife Pam and their three dogs at their Gisborne home.

Murray Ball's studio at his Gisborne home.

Best mates Wal and Dog.

Ball works on one of his cartoons.

A bronze sculpture of Footrot Flats characters Wal, made by Weta Workshop. The sculptures were erected in Gisborne, Ball's home town.

A bronze sculpture of Footrot Flats character Dog, made by Weta Workshop.

Cartoonist Murray Ball at his desk at his Gisborne home.

Murray Ball receives his investiture from Dame Silvia Cartwright at Government House in 2002.

"Dog" was based on one of Ball's own canines and was the centre of the cartoon strips.

Footrot Flats was a quintessential Kiwi cartoon.

Murray Ball's Footrot Flats books showcased farm life in a most Kiwi way.

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